The update, which will also roll out to many newer Wear OS watches during the next month, overhauls the user interface and significantly cleans up the experience. There are new watchfaces showing a feed of contextual information from the Google Assistant, information-dense notifications and also a face dedicated to the recently-revamped Google Fit app.
Building on the changes made in Wear OS 2.0, the biggest change to the UI appears to be the addition of rich information screens that can be accessed by swiping up, down left and right. Users can just swipe up to see their notification stream, much in the same way Android phone users swipe down. A quick tap on a notification will launch smart reply options.
Swiping down surfaces a shortcuts to a number of key settings like Airplane Mode, Google Pay, Find My Phone and information about battery life, Bluetooth connections and alarms.
Meanwhile, a swipe to the right will launch 8220;proactive an personalised help8221; from Google Assistant. Contextual information like flight status or hotel reservations should appear here. There8217;ll also be information on the weather, your commute, package deliveries and calendar appointments.
Those cards will be augmented by smart prompts offering more information on the hourly weather forecast, nearby coffee options, package tracking and the restaurant you8217;ve booked for later. These can be accessed by tapping the Assistant icon next to the card.
A swipe to the left launches the Google Fit screen, which reveals the activity rings recently unveiled in Google8217;s wider revamp of the built-in fitness tracking tool based on Heart Points and Move Minutes.
Google is currently clinging to a paltry market share in the smartwatch market and, following the recent rebrand from Android Wear, Google has finally followed through with an update that doesn8217;t look so much like Android has just been ported onto a watch face.
The update is coming to almost all devices that received the Android Wear 2.0 update. The only five watches that won8217;t be getting the update are the LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, Moto 360 (2014), Sony Smartwatch 3 and the first Asus ZenWatch.